Ann Hamilton: The Event of A Thread

T89A0196T89A0213T89A0249T89A0287T89A0300T89A0308T89A0340T89A0466This weekend, my husband and I visited the interactive art installation by Ann Hamilton at the New York Armory.
Consisting of swings controlling curtain movement, actors speaking through microphones and pigeons fluttering in their cages, it made for some interesting images. Adults and children were happy to play on the swings, lie on the floor and experience the movement above. Like a lot of art, I have to admit that I’m ignorant of what it’s all about, but it DID make for some interesting images. Perhaps this is a better description, taken from the exhibit.
” Ann Hamilton combines the ephemeral presence of time with the material tactility for which she is best known to create a new large-scale installation for the Wade Thompson Drill Hall. Commissioned by the Armory, the event of a thread references the building’s architecture, as well as the individual encounters and congregational gatherings that have animated its rich social history. A multisensory affair, the work draws together readings, sound, and live events within a field of swings that together invite visitors to connect to the action of each other and the work itself, illuminating the experience of the singular and collective body, the relationship between the animal and the human. The address of the readers to the pigeons shifts at the end of each day, when a vocalist on the drill hall’s balcony serenades their release to flight. Each day’s song is cut with a record lathe, and the resulting recording is played back the next day.”

5 thoughts on “Ann Hamilton: The Event of A Thread

  1. You left out the best shot – the one I took! Guess I have to pay my dues before I can break into the big time. It was fun. Glad we went.


  2. It’s really a nice and useful piece of info. I am glad that you shared this useful info with us. Please keep us up to date like this. Thanks for sharing.


  3. Wish I could have joined you. As Jon is apt to say, “I get it”. I would have explained it to you. Looks more interesting than the Columbus Statue. Let me know for the next event/happening.
    How much was it for entrance?


    1. Ah.. we shall have to have a discussion about the exhibit. Thanks for your comment. It cost $12.00. Not too bad for a day of art and a brief swing. Looking forward to our next foray into the art world.


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